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How to Fire a Handgun Safely and Correctly

I grew up around guns my entire childhood. My dad was a federal game warden, so seeing him holster up or clean his gun are some of my boyhood memories. Despite being around guns, I never really took an interest in them. I’m not sure why. I guess I just saw them as my dad’s work stuff. Nothing to get really excited about. A few months ago, I had a sudden urge to shoot a gun.

Positive Attitude – 5 Steps to a Happy Life

By Dani of PositivelyPresent.com We all want a happy life, and we all know that having a positive attitude feels better than a negative one. But for some reason, we are all attracted to and can be easily drawn to the negative side.

The Minimalist’s Guide to Cultivating Passion

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cal Newport of Study Hacks. “I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years,”  Steve Martin recalls  in his 2007 memoir, Born Standing Up.

Are Discounts Coming for Paying in Cash?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A couple of weeks ago, J.D. highlighted research that showed that rewards cards cost the poor (in higher prices overall) and benefit the rich (who are more likely to use the cards). But what if retailers offered you a discount if you paid in cash? It might not be so far-fetched.

Conservative or Aggressive: How Does a New Investor Know What to Do?

If you’ve read the reader mailbags for a while, you’ve noticed that I often get messages from people who have worked their way into a good financial place and now have some money to invest, often for the first time in their life. They look around, watch CNBC, read investment advice online and in books, and still aren’t sure exactly what to do.

Legal Agreements: Do You CYA?

As a freelancer, it’s sometimes easy to do a deal on a virtual handshake and feel confident that you know exactly what your client wants.  Usually, this is because they told you exactly what they “think” they want – but that’s a post for another day.  For the most part, doing business this way is just fine. CYA (Cover Your, er, Butt)  is a common term in business, and freelancing shou

On Writing: Keep it short and sweet

Need examples of witty writing with few words? Check out The Listings in The New York Times’ Weekend Arts section. You’ll find some succinctly superb snippets under Long-Running Shows.

Beware of False Praise

Every one likes to hear how awesome they are.  I like it.  You like it.  One of the best things you can do to advance your career is to sincerely compliment the things you admire in the people around you.  The key here is the word sincerely. However, you need to be very aware of praise that is being given to you with ulterior motives.

No space for PC, lets hang it up on the wall

Materials: Plinga range powder-coated steel hat rack 001.525.93 Description: After sort of redecorating a room, there was no place on the floor left for my PC, so I used a very cheap (2.5 Euros on sale) IKEA hat rack, item # 001.525.93, fixed that up on the wall upside down, then put my PC inside that.

Are You a Socially Responsible Consumer?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ll have noticed how the global recession forced companies to try harder than ever to win your attention and your hard earned cash.While tough economic times make us all very cautious of how we spend our money, it also offers the perfect ground for the bargain hunters amongst us.But is a good deal the only deciding factor

12 Natural Laws of Business

Great business advice from Zingerman.

On the Forums: Sentimental’s cousin, textbooks, and clutter and weight

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Sentimental’s Cousin: Value Old Textbooks? Clutter and Weight Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary

The 130 pound O.E.D. may soon slim down to almost nothing with a move to digital.

Why FAILFaire?

Interesting concept: The FAILFaire, a place where it’s ok to talk about what didn’t work.

What Should I Do to My Work Laptop Before I Leave My Job?

How to leave your work computer sparkling clean to preserve privacy.